Category: Penn State Spirit

‘History of Penn State’ course fills up, again

We wrote last year about Penn State’s “HIST 197- History of Penn State” course that debuted for the Fall 2017 semester. It's once again at capacity with a full roster of 49 students registered for the start of classes.

What Virgil Taught Me About Football

Joe Paterno’s “What Virgil Taught Me About Football” appeared in Crisis Magazine in January 1990, and was excerpted from his autobiography “Paterno: By the Book,” coauthored with Bernard Asbell. *** Every one of us at Brooklyn Prep had to take four solid years of mathematics, four years of Latin, and two years of a modern ...

Penn State’s ‘Century of Service to the Commonwealth’

A fascinating document from Penn State’s 1955 Centennial celebrations, commemorating the first century of Penn State’s existence. 1855-1955 Penn State- A Century of Service to the Commonwealth

Inspiriting Mount Nittany

Tom Shakely speaks to the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) on February 14, 2018 on Mount Nittany’s significance and historical conservation efforts: As part of his presentation, Tom presented Penn State’s undergraduate student government with the gift of a Square Inch Life Estate Deed to Mount Nittany, a gift of the Nittany Valley Society. Life ...

‘The Class of 1950: A Nostalgic Look Back’ by Thomas E. Morgan

“The Class of 1950: A Nostalgic Look Back” were the remarks of Thomas E. Morgan, Penn State Class of 1950, delivered February 29, 1980. No one could have mistaken Penn State for a sedate Ivy League college during those strained elbow-room-only days of ’46-’50 when GIs and their little sisters and brothers crammed into Pollock ...

Penn State Heritage Trees and Groves, a short documentary

Spencer McCullough, a Nittany Valley Society Novak Fellow, created this short documentary film in 2017 on Penn State’s Heritage Trees and Groves program: It tells of Penn State’s distinctive initiative to conserve and perpetuate a historic atmosphere on campus through perpetuation of its most remarkable living landmarks.

James Irvin’s 1855 Letter to the Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society

Bellefonte, February 22nd, 1855 To the Executive Committee of the Penna. State Agricultural Society Gentlemen, Feeling a deep interest in the early and efficient organization of the “Farmers High School of Pennsylvania,” I have observed with pleasure that the Legislature now in session have repealed the Act of April 13th 1854 and passed an Act ...

Homecoming 2017 scenes

It’s Homecoming 2017 at Penn State, and we’re sharing a few scenes from a short campus walking tour—including our Facebook Live campus walk. Whether you live near or far, let these images transport you to a place we love.

Snowy Day in Happy Valley

BlueWhiteTV produced this calm and enchanting short film, “A Snowy Day in Happy Valley,” shot during the 2016-17 winter. It captures some of the most beautiful spaces on and around campus. It would be beautiful to watch a similar video with scenes from Mount Nittany, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, the Indian Steps, and other wilder ...

‘History of Penn State’ course fills up

August 14, 2017 We wrote in May about Penn State’s “HIST 197- History of Penn State” course that debuts this fall semester. Penn State News featured the course’s creation at that time: “The History of Penn State” grew out of discussions with several Penn State alumni who serve on the board of the Nittany Valley Society ...